Connect With Your End User

Chuck Zimmerman

FEMA ConventionThe guy who really got the panel put together here at the FEMA convention today was Connor Flynn, Lessing-Flynn.

Connor was our emcee but started out talking about how flat marketing communications has become. He stressed the need for companies to use all the channels available to connect with their customer base.

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Who Are Your Customers

Chuck Zimmerman

FEMA ConventionOn our panel this afternoon here at the FEMA convention was Joe Baitinger, FarmMarketiD.

Joe was here to talk about database marketing. He talked about the importance of developing your customer database and using it. Too often companies tend to collect data and let it sit unused. I like the way he called it a perishable commodity. What good is having thousands of prospective client contacts if you don’t use them. Joe talks about how important it is to know who your customers are in a very segmented industry.

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Your Agriblogger At Work

Chuck Zimmerman

FEMA ConventionWhile I was presenting today Connor Flynn got a picture.

See how I make the AgWired community part of the demonstration? You are a great audience, thank you very much.

I know we’re going to see more and more blogging in the agribusiness world. I should have collected the url’s of the blogs that people in our audience have. When I got started on this about 2 years ago most people didn’t even know what a blog was much less have one.

Hey, it only makes sense

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Ready To Represent You

Chuck Zimmerman

FEMA ConventionIt kind of sounds like a law firm doesn’t it?

It’s just our Marketing Communications Strategies & Tactics session this afternoon at the FEMA convention.

I’ll have some pictures, audio and powerpoint presentations from each of my co-panelists as soon as they email them to me.

We had a full room of people for our session and lots of good questions. Many of them had to do with blogs and the software that we would recommend.

You may know my choice: WordPress.

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In Our Marketing Session

Chuck Zimmerman

Here we are in the FEMA convention breakout session. This is just before we got started. We have a full house that includes some bloggers. I’m happy to see that and think it’s a “trend?” Maybe. More in a moment.

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He’s Incoming President

Chuck Zimmerman

FEMA ConventionSo if Jim Wessing is the outgoing president of FEMA, who’s incoming?

He’s Richard Heiniger, Hemisphere GPS. Jim got introduced at the beginning of today’s general session here at the FEMA convention.

Later this afternoon I’m on the panel of a breakout session on “Marketing Communications Strategies & Tactics.” I’m going to be using these posts in my presentation. Hey, they’re even better than PowerPoint slides don’t you think?

I’m sure all the folks here will want to be in the Ramsey Room here at the Hilton at 2pm to see what we’ve got to say. It should be interesting.

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Jim Wessing Opens General Session

Chuck Zimmerman

FEMA ConventionJim Wessing, Kondex Corporation, is the president of the Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association. At least until the end of the day.

Jim got the morning general session started today. I’m hoping to catch up with him later today for a short interview.

By the way, the FEMA convention also has members of FEWA, Farm Equipment Wholesalers Association and AIMRA, Agricultural & Industrial Manufacturers Representatives Association here with them.

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Morning General Session

Chuck Zimmerman

FEMA ConventionThe final day general session is in progress.

In the early part of the session attendees will hear from David Goldsmith.

His presentation is “You Can’t Begin Without A Product: New Product and Service Development.” The room was pretty full by the time it started.

From what I’ve learned there’s about 425 members here at the convention.

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Get and Send Messages

Chuck Zimmerman

FEMA ConventionSince we’re all about communications I had to take a picture of this message center.

It’s out in the foyer area in front of the registration counter.

One of the things you get when you register is a number that identifies you. It’s used as a mechanism to send you a message.

That’s about all I know about it at the moment. I’ll look into it further and update this post if I have more to offer.

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